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How long does Vicodin withdrawal last?

ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Acute withdrawal symptoms last for 4-10 days after dose cessation. However, symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances can last for weeks or months following initial withdrawal from Vicodin.


Who Goes Through Withdrawal?

Withdrawal occurs when you have become physically dependent on Vicodin and then significantly lower doses or stop taking it abruptly. So, withdrawal occurs to anyone who wants to quit Vicodin and is drug-dependent.

Drug dependence occurs relatively quickly with Vicodin. Vicodin dependence can occur after just a few weeks of use. Vicodin is a highly effective narcotic used to relieve pain. The brain’s opioid receptors actively bind to the hydrocodone in Vicodin, which means that dependency, and the withdrawal it yields, often occur after daily dosing over the course of a couple or weeks, or more.

At this point, higher doses of the drug may be needed to relieve pain as effectively as it did before. It is important to see your doctor if Vicodin is no longer working for you. You should not take more or less of the drug without your doctor’s consent. In fact, if you are using Vicodin non-medically, you risk overdose, death, and addiction.

Here is a list of ways Vicodin is used non-medically:

If you have developed a dependency on Vicodin and have decided to stop taking it, you will begin to feel withdrawal symptoms relatively quickly. You will sense these symptoms 6-8 hours after the last dose of Vicodin has worn off. In fact, onset of withdrawal begins when you’re expecting your next dose of Vicodin. You can then expect to experience withdrawal symptoms anywhere from weeks to moths after quitting Vicodin.


Everyone is going to go through withdrawal differently. If you have just developed a dependency to Vicodin then detox will be less severe than someone who has been dependent on Vicodin for a long time or has become addicted to it.

When the withdrawal process starts, you will begin to feel several symptoms that mimic the flu. This will make you very sick for a time. Along with the “flu”, there are other symptoms, which may accompany withdrawal. Below is a more detailed timeline of what to anticipate from the withdrawal process.

24 – 72 hours: Vicodin withdrawal peaks during this time. It will also be some of the hardest hours you may experience. Withdrawal symptoms you will go through may include muscle spasms, chills, diarrhea, anxiety, and fear. Symptoms reach their peak during this time and stabilizing your body will be a battle.

Week 1: Onset symptoms will carry over into week one as they continue to peak in intensity. Symptoms to expect are severe insomnia and mood swing, which will continue to affect you. Also extreme fatigue as your body exerting a lot of energy to repairs itself.

Week 2: You will begin to see a difference in your body and perhaps your mood. Your body is slowly returning to normal and withdrawal symptoms begin to even out and slowly decrease over time. Appetite should be returning to normal as well. You may still have aches and pains.

Weeks 3-4: During this time, severe symptoms can return. You may experience some times where withdrawal symptoms wax and wane in severity. If you are addicted to Vicodin these might be challenging do to drug cravings and drug seeking behaviors.

Common Symptoms

Vicodin activates the brain’s opioid receptors, steadily changing brain chemistry and affecting levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. These changes mean that your brain cannot feel “normal” without Vicodin, so when you suddenly stop using, you can expect symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

Opioid withdrawal can be dangerous, and symptoms can be severe. In some cases, more serious psychological symptoms, such as hallucinations or suicidal thoughts, may occur. Because the body can also grow dependent on Vicodin, it is common to experience physical symptoms as well.

Early symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased tearing
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning

Late symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Overall Duration

Every person’s body is unique and no two people will go through withdrawal in the same way. Many factors play into recovery. In fact, overall time of withdrawal varies between several weeks and months of stopping Vicodin. Withdrawal can be long but eventually your body will return to normal and you will begin to feel a level of comfort.

It is also important to mention the phenomenon of PAWS, which are post-acute withdrawal symptoms. These are a set of persistent symptoms specific to the type of substance you are taking. In this case, it is specific to opioids. According to SAMHSA’s July 2010 Advisory on Protracted Withdrawal these symptoms mimic the onset of withdrawal at the beginning but they then can last several weeks and months past expected detoxification period.

Protracted withdrawal specific to opioid include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression.
  • Fatigue.
  • Inability to feel pleasure.
  • Sleeping problems.

In general, psychological effects of drug dependence take much longer to treat and cure and some many never fully disappear.


Depending on the type and dose of drug you have been taking, it may take weeks or even months to gradually and safely reduce your dose and get off Vicodin safely.

If you have taken opioids for less than two weeks, you should be able to simply stop these medications as soon as your prescribed course of pills runs out, if not before. Ask your doctor if you are not sure when you can stop your medications.

If you have taken opioid medications for more than two weeks, you may also need to stop using these medications as soon as possible to prevent serious consequences.

Common signs that it’s time to get off opioids include:

  1. Behaviors that raise concerns about misuse, abuse or addiction.
  2. Reduced pain relief from the same dose of medications over time, called tolerance.
  3. Serious side effect(s).

Do not try to go cold turkey on your own. When it is time for you to stop taking opioids, ask for your doctor’s help to develop a medication withdrawal plan (called a taper) that gradually reduces the amount of medication you take. Opiate withdrawal protocols are fairly straightforward. However, the right length for an opioid taper varies with each person and each medication. Your doctor will prescribe an opioid taper schedule that addresses your medical needs while minimizing risks to your health.

During a taper, your doctor may:

  • Ask for your permission to speak with your other health care providers, pharmacist or family members to obtain information that may help with your medication taper.
  • Introduce other pain therapies as needed.
  • Prescribe other types of medications to help you manage withdrawal signs and symptoms such as sleep, appetite and mood disturbances.
  • Regularly monitor your pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
  • Request urine or blood samples to check the type and amount of medication or other substances in your system.

Follow your withdrawal plan closely, especially your doctor’s instructions about how and when to take medications during the taper. Although you may be eager to reach your goal, your body needs time to adjust to lower levels of opioids in your body, and then to none at all. A systematic reduction in your dose helps this process go smoothly and helps ease the discomfort you may feel when you stop taking opioids. It also allows you to practice new skills to manage pain and other chronic symptoms.

You may be tempted to take more medication than your taper requires. Do not supplement your taper with additional medications from home, visits to the emergency room, or with alcohol or street drugs. If you feel the need to supplement, contact your health care team.

Talk with your doctor if the taper process becomes difficult. S/He can assist and encourage your success. Your doctor may recommend combining your taper with counseling on medication use. In some cases, you may also wish to join support group or talk with your religious or spiritual advisor.

Medical Detox

Medical detox is the process during which doctors, nurses, and staff supervise detox. They can administer medications, when needed, and treat symptoms as they occur.

Medical detox is important for a few reasons:

  1. It helps prevent relapse.
  2. It makes the process more bearable.
  3. Staff can offer psychological and emotional support.

Medications that Help

Medications are available to help during detox. However, if you have an addiction to Vicodin, medication alone will not help you. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, behavioral therapies, counseling, education and treatment medications should all be used to change brain function and reduce cravings.

Anyone going though detox should also be checked for depression and other mental illnesses. Treating these disorders can reduce the risk of relapse. Antidepressant medicines can be given as needed. The most common medications used for Vicodin withdrawal include:

1. Buprenorphine (Subutex) treats withdrawal from opiates, and it can shorten the length of detox. It may also be used for long-term maintenance, like methadone. Buprenorphine may be combined with Naloxone (Bunavail, Suboxone, and Zubsolv), which helps prevent dependence and misuse.

2. Clonidine is used to help reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. It does not help reduce cravings.

3. Methadone relieves withdrawal symptoms and helps with detox. It is also used as a long-term maintenance medicine for opioid dependence. After a period of maintenance, the dose may be decreased slowly over a long time. This helps reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Some people stay on methadone for years.

4. Naltrexone can help prevent relapse. It is available in pill form or as an injection.

People who go through withdrawal repeatedly should be treated with long-term methadone or buprenorphine maintenance.

Most people need long-term treatment after detox. This can include:

  1. Self-help groups.
  2. Outpatient counseling.
  3. Intensive outpatient treatment (day hospitalization).
  4. Inpatient treatment.

Home Detox

Can I stop taking hydrocodone at home? Possibly, though there are some requirements. You may be able to detox on your own if:

  • You are in good general health.
  • You have a supportive home environment.
  • You have just started taking Vicodin.
  • You know which withdrawal symptoms to expect during detox and for how long.
  • Your symptoms are not severe.
  • You are detoxing with outpatient support from your prescribing doctor.

Still, know that your odds of staying sober without professional assistance are slim. Additionally, if you have taken hydrocodone for more than a few weeks, medical supervision is strongly recommended to manage tapering, because drug cravings make it harder to deal with withdrawal symptoms.


Anytime you experience withdrawal symptoms, tell a health care professional right away. Follow all instructions you receive about managing withdrawal symptoms.

Unless you are instructed otherwise, you may also find these tips helpful:

  1. Drink more water or other liquids than usual.
  2. Eat regular nutritious meals.
  3. Use deep-breathing and stretching exercises, as instructed.
  4. Exercise in moderation (for example, walking).
  5. Do something to relax (for example, practice relaxation techniques, listen to music or read).
  6. Use distraction (for example, humor, talking to someone with a positive outlook).
  7. Use positive self-talk. Tell yourself “I can do this” or “This is only temporary.”

Your Questions

If you have any more questions regarding withdrawal from Vicodin, please ask. We do our best to respond to your questions accurately and promptly. You are not alone, contact us. We’ll do our best to help. Privacy guaranteed.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: Protracted Withdrawal
OASAS NY: Opiates Workbook
The Mayo Clinic: Tapering Off Opioids
Medline Plus: Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal
ToxNet: Search for Hydrocodone
Medline Plus: Hydrocodone

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64 Responses to “How long does Vicodin withdrawal last?
6:59 pm December 15th, 2012

I can tell you one, the most challenging part of deciding to end your addiction is to endure withdrawal side effects. I sought help using a natural product which alleviated so many of the symptoms of withdrawal. It really helped me at night when I was having insomnia and my thoughts were racing. Painkiller addiction is a real problem in our society and I was among the millions of people in the US affected by it. I urge anyone who wants to be free of their addiction to stick with it and find help during the withdrawal process. I’ve been addiction free for one year now! Change your life people!

11:47 pm January 4th, 2013

After years of constantly struggling, I learned that withdrawal symptoms both physical and mental vary between abusers. I can admit I am an addict, but have also been able to at least focus on my primary reason for my continues usage. It literally is the stomach issues. I have all of the other symptoms as well, depression, lack of energy, etc, but the excessive pain and need to run to the bathroom are the only symptoms that have a concretely negative impact on my life, work, school, etc. Prior to using, I was never one to get much sleep, so the insomnia is at least endurable. I find myself now even when I am not on it for 2 days now, not having “mental cravings”. I literally take them to prevent the excessive diarrhea and severe stomach cramping. I have tried every over the counter med for these symptoms but nothing works. So now the main mental issue I have is depression which is mainly because of the stomach problems. So if you have a suggestion Michelle I would be eternally grateful. Congratulations on going on a year now!!

3:30 am January 13th, 2014

i was a 6 year vicodin user, i got up to 3 to 6 per day, ive been off of them for 12 days now, the withdrawls were probably the worst thing ive been thru in my life, but i did it. im feeling better every day but my question is when will i get my energy and ambition back, it still seems like a huge effort to even do things around the house and pick up my hobbies, such as guitar and building models 🙁

2:04 pm January 13th, 2014

Hi Russ. It can take a few weeks to months to get your energy back after Vicodin dependence. Some mood disorders such as depression can persist for months afterwards. Have you thought about seeking help from a psychologist or psychiatrist?

10:00 pm January 27th, 2014

I just finished day 15 after being on 10/325mg of Vicodin for over 6 years. At my worst, I was taking 10-12 pills a day. Over the past few months, I managed to ween myself down to 5-6 5/325 pills per day but, I still felt like I was in a state of withdrawal every day. I ended up running out and had that moment when I had to call my Dr for a refill and I was just disgusted with myself. So, I never filled my prescription. I went cold turkey with the help of my wife. I had all of the usual side effects…nausea, fever, anxiety, sneezing, restless legs, etc… My physical symptoms were bad for 6-7 days and started getting better every day. At about day 12, I felt really good but now at day 15, I feel like my energy is zapped but now I’m back to not sleeping again. I am really hoping that this resolves itself soon because the idea of taking a pill just so I can feel normal scares me to death. Is this normal?

11:11 am January 31st, 2014

Hello Jason. Totally normal. Check into PAWS – protracted/post-acute withdrawal symptoms. I’d suggest that you look into possible help from a psychologist or psychiatrist. You might benefit from the use of antidepressants or anxiety medications (for a short period of time) to make it over the hump.

5:43 am September 22nd, 2014

I started taking vicodin 2 1/2 years ago after surgery. I was against it so i took it sparingly. Then I realized it was helping with my ibs so I kept taking it. Only 1 – 2 500mg a day but not every day. Then it got out of hand. A year ago i started cutting my 750mg into 3the sections. I dont take it until i start to feel the achy bone feeling and by the end of the day i’ve taken all three 1/3’s. I have two jobs and am so busy, i cant afford to miss work so I just keep telling myself soon you will do it. It has effected my emotions. I feel like my body doesnt make its own dopamine anymore. I have decided I have to quit. A friend is going to take me camping and let me get through the process. Is there anything natural, vitamins or supplements that will help with the withdrawel. Given the low amount I take do you think a week is enough? Do you have thoughts on the over the counter dopamine?

8:21 am October 2nd, 2014

Hello Shannon. First, you can discuss a tapering plan with your doctor to reduce Vicodin use slowly over time. Tapering is the single most important step in order to reduce the severity or intensity of Vicodin detox symptoms. For help you can turn to over-the-counter NSAIDs, hot water bottles, Immodium AD, natural sleep aids, massage or muscle lotions.

11:54 pm October 8th, 2014

i have taken norco for 25 years as I detox in day 2 I am having extreme headaches…what can I do

12:50 pm October 13th, 2014

Hi Steven. Have you tried aspirin? Some people have reported it helped them with headaches from Norco withdrawal. Hang in there, they won’t last too long. I know that’s easier said than done, especially when nothing seems to help them.

11:35 am October 21st, 2014

I’m on day 4 off vicodin. My question is my doctor gave me clonidine for 14 days. This helped with most symptoms but pain is still so bad. I have pain from disease which is what started the addiction. I am taking tramadol (never took prior even though I had a filled perscription) and Advil for pain. My plan is to taper down on the tramadol during the 14 day period of clonidine and taper the clonidine as well. If I do it as outlined, will I go thru a whole new withdrawal at the end of the 14 days? Am I really getting off this stuff or prolonging the withdrawals? Thank you in advance.

1:32 pm October 21st, 2014

Hi Michelle. It’s a good thing that you’re tapering doses down before you quit completely. Going cold turkey can be much harder and the withdrawal symptoms severe. By gradually lowering the amount you are taking, your organism gets accustomed to the smaller doses, so the reaction you’ll get when you finally stop won’t be serious. However, there is no way to completely avoid withdrawal symptoms, but they should resolve within a weak or so.

5:52 am October 31st, 2014

I’ve been taking Vicodin for 5 months straight every day all day. I took my last pills yesterday around 5. I’m already going nuts. Help. How long will this last?

12:48 pm November 6th, 2014

Hi Cheryl. As we mentioned in this article, the withdrawal is not going in the same way for everyone. Withdrawal can be long but eventually your body will return to normal and you will begin to feel a level of comfort. We understand your feelings and reactions on this one. Just try to hold on. Good luck!

7:26 pm November 10th, 2014

So I was on methadone for 5 yrs after a long period of herion addiction. I weaned my methadone use down to 5mgs a day. I thought that I could use vicodin as a further step down from the low dose of methadone, but I think I screwed up and made it worse. Yesterday I took 50mgs. Of vicodin and still had periods of uncomfortable withdrawl. I have 1 10mg narco left and I want to hold off on taking it for as long as possible. I am considering checking into a hospital for detox. Is suboxone effective with vicodin withdrawal?

8:09 pm February 8th, 2015

my boyfriend is going thru his first wk of detoxing from Vicodin and he has the mood swings real bad. he was taking like 15 pills a day he needs help

2:22 pm February 10th, 2015

Hi Deb. It’s not a bad idea to get him examined by a doctor. Then, the doctor may prescribe medications that can help your boyfriend manage the symptoms of withdrawal better. Or, at leas point you to other medications that can also treat symptoms (you can get some over-the-counter meds at the pharmacy). I hope he gets better soon.

8:23 am February 17th, 2015

I have degenerative spine aches. Doctor took me off Ibuprofen and prescribed Vicodin 3 years ago , one every 4-6 hrs. I averaged 4 per day. I began weaning off and after 4 days I switched to Tylenol . Now, after being off Vicodin 3 days, I’m aching, and freezing like the flu. How long does this last? Should I continue with Tylenol, within recommended dosage?

4:03 pm February 18th, 2015

Hello Les. You discontinued the Vicodin too quickly, now you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms for going almost cold turkey. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms can last for week, but they get less intense as time passes. Please consult a doctor about your tapering plan and for advise on what should you do next. Kind regards,

Charles A
2:12 am March 13th, 2015

Help. My uncle is an addict and having affairs.

4:28 pm March 26th, 2015

At my weakest, I was taking 12-14 Vicodin a day along with Jack Daniels!!! The pain was so severe, that was my answer. Then I quit drinking but I continues to take 10-12 pills daily. Finally with the help of an epidural injection, I went to the fentanyl patch and Vicodin 4-6 a day for breakthrough pain. I finally was able to wean down to 3 a day. Now I’ve decided, since Vicodin doesn’t work, to get them out of my life for good…. But I feel like I’m going to loose my mind!!!! Over the past few days, I’ve weaned myself to 1/2 a pill a day…. The pain is just unbearable!!! I can sleep and I wanna ouch someone!!! Dr gave me lorazepam to help at night…. Not helping!!! Am I going crazy?!?! How much longer is this going to last? I’m shaking, every joint, muscle, everything hurts. And I am sweating like a pig!! I’m miserable!!! Please, any suggestions will help!!! Please!!!!

12:02 pm March 27th, 2015

Hello Vikki. Will you be taking any other medication for the management of your pain? The withdrawal symptoms will be over soon, but you need a pain management plan. Can your doctor refer you to a clinic in your area? You can feel better if a medical staff helps you detox and can also successful manage your pain at the same time. At home you can try helping the pain with massages, warm showers, and heating pads. Also, NSAIDs can address muscle aches and pains. Make sure the food you eat is soft on the body and doesn’t promote nausea. If you are having a hard time eating, make sure you are getting the fluids and electrolytes you need to stay hydrated.

If you want to find resources for pain, support groups, or addiction treatment you can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This is a national hotline designed to get you in contact with addiction treatment centers. Good luck to you Vikki. I wish you fast recovery and I hope these tips can be of somewhat help to you. Stay strong!

5:08 pm March 27th, 2015

I’m on day 3 of trying to quit taking vicidon i have 3 kids and two jobs so i can not get time off. I feel like this is taking forever to get off I’m just tempted to take like 2 to get some sleep please help.

10:59 pm March 27th, 2015

Hi Monica. You might want to look into prescription medicine options (buprenorphine or methadone substitution therapies); your eligibility will depend on past history of Vicodin use. But I would really encourage you to see a doctor…there are pharmacological treatments out there that can help. And you are not alone!

9:11 pm March 30th, 2015

Today is day 4 of no Vicodin and I tapered off to a half of one a day for the last month. My mouth is watering and my stomic feel weird but nothing major ? Is the worst to come ???

6:29 pm May 3rd, 2015

I still feel like hell after 4 days. I’m about to give up but I can’t. I have to see this through. I started with one a day and went to ten after gall bladder surgery. I feel weak and depressed. My God does it ever get better? I can barely get out of my chair but did get out this morning. Omg I need positive reinforcement.

12:20 am May 5th, 2015

I just had all my wisdom teeth taken out & had to work so I think I might have overused Vicodin post surgery. I was in a lot of pain because the extent of work done on the right side of my jaw so I was using it faithfully every 6 hours on the dot (25 pills). I ran out Friday morning and now I have been very sick the whole weekend. Im still sick today and its Monday, I typically bounce back quickly from common Flus but this is kicking my ass. Could I be withdrawing?

5:42 am May 26th, 2015

You all need to try kratom
It changed my life and stopped the withdrawals. All natural and gives you that vicodin high. All natural.

9:53 am May 26th, 2015

Hi Melissa. I agree that kratom is helpful, but only if used short term. Here is an article to read about how kratom withdrawal is many times worse than the withdrawal experienced from Vicodin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0NMYk9z834

8:35 pm June 5th, 2015

i’ve been taking 1/2 to 1 tab a day of vicodine. I quit 3 days ago. not having any feeling of getting more i don’t like how i feel on them. I have no desire to relapse. How long do think it take to complete detox and by the way i work out 5 days a week and am in great shape

3:52 pm June 9th, 2015

Hi Ashton. Vicodin will be out of your system within 2-4 days after stopping use. However, recovery is the process when your body and brain heal and return to normal functioning, and this may take a while.

6:17 pm July 5th, 2015

I’ve been taking vicodin for about seven years. Today is Sunday 12:15 p.m.. I took my last (we’ll see) pill Thursday at about 2:00 p.m. So it’s been almost two full days and nothing! I’m nervous.

4:01 pm July 20th, 2015

Hello, I have been taking Norco 10/325 (70 pills a week) and Tramadol 50mg (80 pills a week) for the past ten years now. It all started with my lower back problems and then slowly got out of control to the above number of pills per week. I have been saying for a couple of years now that I have to stop but that is easier said than done, I always say maybe the next refill I will taper it off but it never happens. Well as of today I am 1 week free! Trust me it has been the week from hell. Probably have had a total of 15 hours of sleep for the whole week and the legs at night hurt like crazy. Diarrhea and stomach pains, no energy what so ever, its been bad. But starting yesterday I am starting to feel better. So far today I’m doing good. I don’t know, I just wanted to share. Like I said 1 week today and I am finally starting to feel better.

12:48 am July 23rd, 2015

I thought I was going crazy. I quit taking Norco after only 2 months of being on it for sciatic pain and I only took 1 pill per day. Week one and I’m still sick. I thought I had the flu, still can’t eat and my skin continues to crawl and I can’t sleep. Wine and weed help a little. This really sucks. I had no idea until I found this site. Thanks for the info. Feel better now armed with info.

9:34 am July 28th, 2015

I’ve been on Vicodins for over ten years. Varying from 4 a day to 10. This past May I got clean for a month. Since then I relapsed and then get clean for a few days and relapse again. I’m following thru on it this time. But I’m only on day 2. And I’m experiencing all the usual symptoms. Usually by day 5 I can get up and move some and maybe eat. Everyone struggling with this addiction. Try to stick it out b/c when I was clean for just a month I was a different person. I had energy and could think clearly. If anyone would like to stay in touch let me know. I need a support system also. My husband has left me and we are getting divorced. Which I know means I’m going to be tempted to relapse more than normal. Good luck to u all.

10:42 am July 30th, 2015

Well I tried quitting cold turkey but it’s just too hard and I can’t perform my every day functions. Like having helping my mother clean the house correctly. She has Parkinson’s and just can’t do it anymore. So today I got me some vics and tramadol. I’m going to taper down off my vics and then slowly use tramadol to quit all together. I’m Disappointed I coul do it cold turkey but I’m praying this will work. Is there a website where u can converse with other addicts that are struggling?

1:59 am September 2nd, 2015

I have been 32 days clean of taking norco/vicodin and I am still having low energy, the sweats at night, restless legs during the day and at night as well as just pain throughout my body. Will this go away to where I will have my normal energy back again?

5:59 am September 22nd, 2015

I’ve been taking Norco for about the last 7-8 years and usually take 6-8 …5mg a day. I am prescribed 120 a month, but they never seem to last and I end up getting extra from a friend. I’m constantly thinking about how much I’d like to stop taking them and what the easiest way to do that is? After reading some of the comments left here, I feel like tapering is the best option. The plan tomorrow is to only take 2 and continue that for the rest of the week and see how that goes. I guess my biggest fear are the with drawls and anything to make that easier, I’m going to do it. I’m very grateful to have found this blog. Good luck to all!

5:53 pm September 30th, 2015

i had surgery in 2007, been on vicoden, till now, doses were increased, take 325/10,1 every 12 hours, till time got shorter, but now since i am wittnessing my addiction,and feeling it, i am seriously wanting to wean off, can you tell me how long will it take after being on it for 8 years and if there is a table formula for this kind of time frame, please, and i am seeking another c spine surgery 2016 , hopefully so i can rid myself of these opiates, are do you think this may be the rest of my life, man i sure hope not . thank you so much for your time. RGVSR

5:07 am December 15th, 2015

I had no idea how big of a problem I had until I decided I had, had enough of never having enough pills, and the constant pill counting(120-180 mo. for 2 years). I thought I could just stop. Almost a week without, can’t use nsaid’s for cardiac reasons. My Orthopedic surgeon isn’t helping he wants me to stay on them until I get cardiac clearance for rotator surgery,(2) I’m only a week in and while I know this won’t kill me, I’m beginning to tell myself I don’t want to do it twice. Any suggestions?

9:05 pm February 14th, 2016

Today is 4 weeks since I stopped 10mm Vicodin cold turkey. I had been taking them after 2 shoulder surgeries. I have been pretty much incapacitated for every one of those 28 days. My biggest symptom has been major nausea and vomiting all day every day. I can’t eat and have no appetite whatsoever. I’ve lost over 30 lbs and pretty much live on pedialight. I’m tired of laying around feeling sick to my stomach day after day. Had I known this HELL was going to bite me, I never would have taken pill #1.

9:14 pm March 3rd, 2016

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, primary peritoneal type 9/2012. I have been in treatment continuously since (debulking surgery and too many chemo infusions to count. For the past 3 years I have taken Vicodin to manage my pain. I have been successful in not increasing the dosage (5-325 tabs), 3 and sometimes (rarely) 4 times a day. I recently went through a very painful period where I had severe upper abdominal pain and had to increase my dosage which was not eliminating the pain, and took Oxycid/acetam 5-325 tabs. This helped with the pain, but didn’t eliminate it. After a long ER visit 2/29/16, I learned that I had bowel spasms causing the pain (not my cancer!), and was told my pain medications was probably the root of the problem. After 2 horrible days of getting my bowels to work properly again and feeling much better (no pain!), I had my last dose of Vicodin yesterday (3/2/16) at noon. Today, I feel awful – dizzy, shaking, heart palpitations. Would I be better able to manage this withdrawal by gradually cutting back, over the course of say a week to 10 days? Please bare in mind the underlying cause of my use of Vicodin – my cancer. If so, please advise me of a gentler withdrawal protocol.

9:01 pm March 28th, 2016

I really hope this helps someone. I have taken vicodin for about 30 years due to a severe neck injury. I take two ES 7.5 300 mg tablets a day-1/2 a pill at 9am, 1/2 a pill at noon, 1/2 a pill at 3 and 1/2 a pill at 6. I’ve never really felt the effects of the vicodin except that it keeps the pain at a tolerable level so that I can function. Recently my pain amnagement doctor said that Botox had been approved to deal with my condition and suggested that I try a Botox injection in my neck to deal with the pain – I said “sign me up!” Before getting the Botox, I decided to step off of the Vicodin and my Dr. agreed on my plan. By the way, about ten years ago I decided on my own to stop ‘cold turkey’ – don’t EVER do that! Anyway, to ‘step off’ I skipped the noon dose for two weeks, then moved the 9am dose to noon and skipped the 3 o’clock dose for two weeks, then cut the 1/2 pills to 1/4 pills at noon and 6 for a week and then stopped this past Friday. It’s Monday now and it’s not very bad-just low energy and a little depressed. By the way, the neck pain seems to have diminished dramatically. I know I have a week or so to go, but you may want to try this after you’ve seen your doctor.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:45 pm March 29th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Charles! Hope this will help to others!

1:36 pm April 19th, 2016

Monica I feel your pain. I have a 3 yr old running around. I was on suboxone for almost a year becus of vicodin addiction. my dad had a heartattack so i went back home and my mother and i were taking vicodin. i was back home for 2 weeks and ate vicodin everyday. 6-8 a day. now i just quit cold turkey and sunday night my withdrawal started. yesterday was miserable. i feel so bad for my baby. how long is this gunna last?? it shouldnt be too long right? considering i was only on the vics for 2 weeks

9:54 pm April 20th, 2016

Low dose 5/235. Been on it for 4 years. Mostly only one a day. The addiction still lies there though.Now, I have been off for 12 days and then take 2 halves during the day (for pain) and then off again for a few days. It seems that just the 2 halves puts me back where I was on day 1, with respect to the withdrawal symptoms. Is it true that the small intake puts a person right back where they were? Such small dosages? Didn’t think this would happen….

1:21 am April 23rd, 2016

I ve abusing Vicodin for 4 years (heavy) I stopped completely 2weeks ago. I feel hopeless, tired, not interested in any thing, can not focus, anxiety attack. I am determined to continue (not to take Vicodin any more). Can I do it without any medications ( can I do it without detoxification and without counseling) as I said I am determined. Although I am going through hill since I stopped (16 days ago). Thank you very much for your honest answer

Kevin D
12:04 am May 1st, 2016

Hi I’ve been on Vicodin for 2 weeks. About 4 10mg 325 pills a day. Will I experience bad withdrawals? Should I stop cold turkey? Thanks

10:55 pm June 4th, 2016

I am a nurse…imagine that! Who’s got caught up in vicodin dependency due to back medical procedures. I had never taken pills before 6 years ago.I have gotten up to 6-8 5mg a day and cravings had increased. Tomorrow will be day 1 clean after dropping down to 2 a day for a week. I know I need fluids excersise and vitamin fortified nutrition. I’m scared about the withdraw pain. I work and am taking 4 days off to hopefully get over the worst of the symptoms. I would appreciate a word of encouragement. Thank-you!

11:32 am June 9th, 2016

I Have Rheumatoid arthritis had it 15 years it an auto immune disease been taking (180 plus) 7.5 325 Hydrocodone the whole time it was affecting my mood it flat stopped working I Take Methotrexate & Embrel The Doctor Miss prescribed Tramadol for an intestinal infection Helicopter pylori (it made me start consuming alcohol to excess) I was so sick from the withdraws of the Hydrocodone I have been opoid free for 8 days next is the Alcohol didn’t think I could both at once if the opoids withdrawal was this bad what can I expect from the alcohol withdrawl

2:03 am September 28th, 2016

Hello Happy to say I am 20 days clean, No Norco No Tramadol. its sure hasnt been easy but i can say everything is alot clearer and brighter. Prayed alot. Prayers for others dealing with the demons of drugs.

10:30 pm December 5th, 2016

I have been off my vicodin two weeks now. I am 57, female and have been taking vicodin for six years for chronic back knee and hip pain. I took half of a 5, three – four times a day. I still feel nauseous at times especially after eating.. I get palpatations off and on… How long till I will be 100% normal. Its affecting my gerd that I am already being treated for. Sometimes I just feel like crying, or I’m just mad for no reason. I’m trying to do this on my own

11:56 pm January 5th, 2017

Hello… I’ve been on Vicodin 5-325 taking one tablet every 4 hours (take about 4-5 pills a day) for two years now and notice that I have become pretty dependent on it. If I don’t take it my body starts to feel like there are ants crawling all over me and feel anxious and not at ease. I don’t even have pain any more ( it started as a post op drug after my surgery). I just want to get off of it and feel normal again. I have stopped cold turkey and am experiencing the feeling of my skin crawling, insomnia, restlessness and some agitation… I know it’s too soon to tell but is it just going to get worse or will start getting better soon ? I am really scared and worried and do not want to fall back and take it because it’s too hard with withdrawal symptoms. Please help… what am I into and what should I look forward to in the next days, weeks and months. Thank you so much for helping…

10:15 am February 1st, 2017

been on10 for 3yrs not till last yr 2 or 3 daily. how long for withdrawal?

5:23 pm March 22nd, 2017

I have been off vicodin for a month after 3 or 4 years. stopped cold. I cant eat, sleep, itch, throw up, diarreah lost weight. how long will this last?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:52 pm March 22nd, 2017

Hi Roberta. Vicodin withdrawal varies from individual to individual. It depends from different factors such as age, duration of use, frequency, human body, etc. I suggest that you consult with your doctor and a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter medications to ease withdrawal from Vicodin.

10:03 pm April 4th, 2017

I just passed the 72nd hour after stopping cold turkey. The doctor prescribed up to 8 5/325 norco a day. I was really taking 12-16. Ended up having to buy oxy on the street to suplimant my addiction. This is the worst I’ve ever felt in my life, and I have chronic Lyme disease. My question is, I’m still hurting pretty bad and I’m scared of not knowing when the w/d pain will end and the Lyme pain starts. Anybody know what to look for?

11:18 pm April 18th, 2017


After five long years of Norco abuse, I somehow convinced my primary Physician to prescribe ,e Xanax, 1mg and thank God, he has not stopped for over a year now. To help, I find myself going against Doctor’s orders and taking 5-6 to alleviate my symptoms, for the better. Tonight will be the second night. So far, the worst part is the Joint Pain my left elbow experiences. The extra Xanax (pricks, sometimes wholes) helps for a slight duration…I find my self saying, “AHH” every 2-5 minutes in the prone position attempting to sleep. Smoking (yes, its complete garbage) takes the edge off. I also find myself just sitting Indian Style for about an hour or two, nodding off for a wink. It’s as though I need to be restrained, in some tight, tight jacket (straight jacket?).

Eventually, I lay back down and fall asleep, for about an hour and wake up in some delusion. I’m better throughout the day, but I fear that the nights are a continued battle.

12:27 pm May 17th, 2017

I have been slapping my legs to know end.My legs are so restless I cant stop moving them,Oh this is day 6.I been couphing so much I cant catch ny breath.I have insomnia and im exhausted,While my blood in my legs feel like 299 degrees.but I have been gettibg the chills at night,I don’t know how this is going to last.I feel like an anaconda got ahold of me.I don’t have any strenth

6:13 pm June 21st, 2017

Hello! I am on day 3 of no vicodin and I’m so worried I’m going to call my dealer and get some to make it through the day. I finally fessed up to my boyfriend that I was addicted to pain pills (really anything but I mostly take vicodin). So we came up with a plan to wean myself off. I didn’t follow the plan very well so I basically went cold turkey. It’s day 3 and I feel like I’m walking through a cloud, I’m so woozy and I have flu like symptoms, and diarrhea. The leg cramps are THE WORST though. I’m not sure why I’m writing this out. I guess I’m hoping that it helps me not make THAT phone call. Any words of encouragement are very much appreciated.

ol joe day 6
3:39 pm July 8th, 2017

i have been taking vicodin 3 to 4 a day 10 miligram for several years. decided to stop..i am on day 6…the withdrawl is pretty crummy but i am sorta getting back to sleeping alittle more. The plus side is no longer a slave, no longer constipated..wake up in the morning without feeling groggy..coffee seems to work again…the negative side for me is lack of energy, vicodin was a attitude booster..i guess it relates to dopamine…if the drug had no addictive qualities..i would continue to take it. but thats not the case. I thought i could take it or leave it..but sure enough a day didnt go by without taking my “medicine”. Looking forward to a life without opiates.

9:20 pm August 1st, 2017

19 hours since my last pill. I’ve been taking 7.5 / 325 for over 10 years and right now the pill is calling my name. I have meds and am already thinking of taking one to help with these feelings I have. In my mind I’m saying I’ll just ween off instead of quitting cold turkey. Really didn’t now it would be so hard.

11:54 am September 6th, 2017

I have bee taking Vicodin for months due to severe pain. I had symptoms that at the same as withdrawal I have a appointments with arthritis and neurologist. I am 67 years old I had leg and stomach pain since I have been 25 years old. the one doctor put me on methadone in the 1990 s for about ten years which led me to using heroin for about 8 years . I had a job where I stood on my feet all day outside and was a semi profession dancer. After getting off methadone and heroin ,I still have same pain, I have always suffered from anxiety as a child., I hav epain in legs arm and hands, I afraid I will have to take pain medication the rest of my life. I still work also which is very demanding. and no friends ,for to a mental health counselor.I DESPARATELY NEED YOUR HELPLOW TOLARANCE FOR PAIN>
>ATTEND !@ SREP PROGRAM most of persons in program my age have been clean and sober for 15 yhears or more . PLEAESE PLEASE HE:P ME ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:24 pm September 12th, 2017

Hi Samadhi. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best treatment for you.

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